Showing posts with label Rayagada. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Rayagada. Show all posts

September 25, 2019

Odisha’s tribal women discard tradition to space out childbirths

Odisha’s tribal women, suffering the adverse health effects of childbirths in quick succession combined with strenuous agricultural and household work, are breaking community norms to use contraceptives

© Basudev Mahapatra
Rita Mandal (34) of Bali Sahi, a hamlet under Dhepaguda panchayat of Gajapati district inhabited by Saora tribes, gave birth to five children, of which three died. Though a series of pregnancies without interval led to ill health, she felt helpless because women of her community had no choice regarding pregnancy

Similar were the cases of Sumitra, Sebati, Sugami and most other women between 30 and 40 years of age. Pregnancies without space led to ill health of most of these women. “Due to physical weakness, it was painful for me to go to the forest to collect firewood and other forest produce or work in my family farm,” said Arati Raita (32), mother of three children.

January 14, 2017

Eco-Village: hope for the future


A documentary (short) by Basudev Mahapatra on climate resilient farming innovated and practiced by women farmers from indigenous communities of Kashipur block in Rayagada district of Odisha, India.

July 15, 2016

Jhodias of Kashipur: part of Paraja tribe deprived of its ST status

Indigenous communities across the globe are being victimised by the nexus between capitalist forces and political power. While corporate houses set their own expansionist agenda, people in power have always been instrumental in pushing the corporate agenda forward in the name of development. The story of the Jhodia community of Kashipur in Odisha exemplifies how the Indian government has cunningly kept a group of primitive Paraja tribe out of the list of scheduled tribe and deprived them of all rights given to them by the Indian constitution. All is made just to favour one of India’s largest corporate entity that heavily funds political parties to fight elections. 

November 07, 2013

Fragile safety of women in Odisha

Series of fatal crimes against women in last few years and the latest one in particular make clean examples of how efficiently and promptly the whole system works to ensure enhanced security to women in Odisha.
 
Death of woman teacher Itishree Pradhan, who was set ablaze in a school hostel in Odisha’s Rayagada district, has once again brought the issue of safety and rights of women to the fore again. Growing numbers of such crimes against women have raised serious doubt over the actions of Odisha government to ensure safety to the women in the state.
Worked as a contractual teacher at Tikiri Upper Primary School in Rayagada district, Itishree was set afire on October 27 and she finally succumbed to the born injuries after struggling for life for five days in a private hospital in Vishakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh.